May 26, 2015 - Shelling Kills Civilians in Gorlovka


This is a clip from "War Crimes in Gorlovka - The Anna Tuv Story"


On May 26, 2015 three civilians were killed when artillery shells landed in the Ozeryanovka district of Gorlovka, a town controlled by the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) opposite the front lines of the Ukrainian Army. Anna Tuv lost her arm, her husband Yuriy, and her 11-year-old daughter Katya when two shells struck their home around 6pm. Her two youngest children received minor injuries, and there was another casualty nearby.



May 26, 2015 - Shelling in Ozeryanovka district, Gorlovka[1]

The following day the home of the Tuv family and and other affected areas were visited by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine. They wrote the following about the shelling:

...The SMM saw nine crater impacts (all within a radius of 200 metres) at three locations in residential areas and conducted crater analysis at one location. At this location, the SMM saw the body of a deceased woman close to two crater impacts. The SMM estimated that the craters were caused by incoming artillery from the north-north-west. In both craters the SMM found shrapnel consistent with 122mm artillery. The SMM saw a house in Planernaya Street that had sustained a direct hit that destroyed the eastern facade, and found shrapnel consistent with 122mm artillery. At this location the SMM saw traces of blood. According to the “DPR” “emergency services” and local residents, a 38 year old man and his 11 year old daughter were killed instantly in this strike and his wife and two young children had been hospitalized with injuries. At City Central Hospital No.2 the SMM spoke with the wounded mother. She and her children had suffered shrapnel wounds. Later, the SMM saw three bodies at the mortuary (one a middle aged man, one woman and a child). The SMM assessed that all three were victims of the shelling.[2]
May 27, 2015 - OSCE with shell fragments in Gorlovka[3]

After speaking with the OSCE monitors in hospital Anna also gave an interview to Graham Phillips. Understandably distraught, she described what happened the day before:

It was horror inside. I pulled my child, my little boy, from under the rubble. He can't open his eyes. And my daughter got torn in half, my little girl, my beautiful girl. My husband, what's left of him, is in the mortuary, with his legs and arms torn off... My boy got his eyes burned. He got stitches after they took shrapnel out. They cut off my arm, to the elbow. My daughter got torn to pieces. They're having a closed casket funeral for her tomorrow. Two shells landed there. One hit the house. The other one landed in the garden. It hit the hallway where we all were...
The Tuv family home[4]
When I came to, I managed to save, I'd given birth to a girl on May 12, to this little baby, and saved my two and a half year old boy. But my 11-year old girl, my beauty is being buried tomorrow. She was going to be a model. She was the most beautiful girl in the school. She got torn in half...
My beautiful. My helper and supporter. She was always so helpful. Every morning she would bring me flowers, postcards. With the little ones, she would look after them as if she were their mom. And now I'm by myself. I'm 31 years old, and I'm a cripple with two little ones. And my beloved one is lying all torn. I don't know how I'm going to live without him, without my daughter. I don't know. Friends came to visit. They said my little boy is lying with his eyes closed. He hears a car and says: "Daddy came!" He's always calling for his daddy and his sister.[5]
When Graham asked where the shelling came from, she said:
From Dzerzhinsk, of course, you could see. Katya's birthday was on May 21. There were explosions. Tracers were coming, guiding, from there. There was a very specific high-pitched noise. We live behind the garages. A shell landed near the checkpoint. We squatted in the garden back then. The same thing happened yesterday. Only this time our house got hit...
We had just discussed how happy our lives were, how many kids we had, and how happy our future was going to be, and how it was being quiet, and then in a single moment they destroyed everything, my family. They mained my little girl, my beloved husband without whom I can't live. I don't know how I will be waking up without him. I can't breathe without him. I just don't know how I can live any more. I would give everything just so they could live. Everything. I'd rather I lost all my limbs so he and my little girl would have stayed alive. When I saw this with my own eyes, I don't know...
I don't know where to go when I get out of the hospital. My parents live at Stoiteley. They get shelled every day. Our house is also destroyed. I don't know where to hide them, so they don't get killed. These two little, very little kids. Where can I put them, so they don't get hurt? I saved them by some miracle. By miracle. 
Show it to everyone, what Poroshenko does to our children, to our families. We are not the military, we are not the army, but they're fighting with civilians. They're killing peaceful people, because he is a coward. He has no courage to fight against our fighters that are protecting us, because they can fight back. That's why he is killing our children, from his own helplessness. Let Poroshenko see this video. What he has turned me into. My little girl. My beloved husband with whom we wanted to live till old age in happiness...
OSCE came and registered all this. Who will bring them back?[6]

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